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Porsche's racing EV balances sustainability with blistering speed

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance proves EVs can be as high-performance as their petrol counterparts.

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EVs may be important for a planet in peril, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun, too. Take Porsche’s 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, an upcoming electric supercar, for example.

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This in-development race car — which Porsche recently started previewing a prototype version of — clocks some ridiculous specs.

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1,088 HP

The 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance can get up to 1,073 horsepower.

1,088 HP

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The car has two electric motors, and the drivetrain allows for a maximum output of 735 kW (1,000 HP), according to Porsche. That should allow for speeds of about 180 mph.

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Perhaps even more exciting than the electric race car’s power are the features unique to its EV nature.

Car and Driver reports that the car can recuperate 50 percent of the power it uses to accelerate through regenerative braking.

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Porsche also says the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is made of a “natural fiber composite” which makes the production more sustainable than its counterparts.

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If anything, the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is an exercise in just how far EVs can push performance — and a wild one at that.